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The Logic of American Politics

The Logic of American Politics

Ninth Edition
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March 2019 | 768 pages | CQ Press
A Note to Students
Chapter 1: The Logic of American Politics
The Importance of Institutional Design  
Constitutions and Governments  
Collective Action Problems  
The Costs of Collective Action  
Representative Government  
The Work of Government  
Collective Action and America’s Constitution  
Nota Bene  
Key Terms  
Suggested Readings  
Review Questions  
PART 1: The Nationalization of Politics
Chapter 2: The Constitution
The Road to Independence  
America’s First Constitution: The Articles of Confederation  
Drafting a New Constitution  
The Fight for Ratification  
The Theory Underlying the Constitution  
Designing Institutions for Collective Action: The Framers’ Tool Kit  
Assessing the Constitution’s Performance In Today’s American Politics  
Key Terms  
Suggested Readings  
Review Questions  
Chapter 3: Federalism
American-Style Federalism  
Federalism and the Constitution  
The Paths to Nationalization  
Modern Federalism  
Evolving Federalism: A By-Product of National Policy  
Key Terms  
Suggested Readings  
Review Questions  
Chapter 4: Civil Rights
What Are Civil Rights?  
The Civil Rights of African Americans  
The Politics of Black Civil Rights  
The Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement  
Challenging Tyranny  
Key Terms  
Suggested Readings  
Review Questions  
Chapter 5: Civil Liberties
Nationalization of Civil Liberties  
Writing Rights and Liberties into the Constitution  
Freedom of Speech  
Freedom of the Press  
Freedom of Religion  
Gun Rights  
Criminal Rights  
Civil Liberties as Public Policy  
Key Terms  
Suggested Readings  
Review Questions  
PART II: The Institutions of Government
Chapter 6: Congress
Congress in the Constitution  
Congress and Electoral Politics  
Who Serves in Congress?  
The Basic Problems of Legislative Organization  
Organizing Congress  
Making Laws  
Evaluating Congress  
Key Terms  
Suggested Readings  
Review Questions  
Chapter 7: The Presidency
The Historical Presidency  
The Modern Presidency  
Dilemma of Leadership  
Key Terms  
Suggested Readings  
Review Questions  
Chapter 8: The Bureaucracy
The Development of the Federal Bureaucracy  
An Expanding Government  
Bureaucracy in Action  
Who Controls the Bureaucracy?  
Bureaucratic Reform: A Hardy Perennial  
Key Terms  
Suggested Readings  
Review Questions  
Chapter 9: The Federal Judiciary
Setting the Stage for Judicial Review  
Three Eras of the Court’s Judicial Review  
The Structure of the Federal Judiciary  
Judicial Decision Making  
The Supreme Court’s Place in the Separation of Powers  
Who Guards the Guardians?  
Key Terms  
Suggested Readings  
Review Questions  
Part III: The Public's Influence on National Policy
Chapter 10: Public Opinion
What Is Public Opinion?  
Measuring Public Opinion  
Straw Polls  
The Origins of Public Opinion  
The Content of Public Opinion  
Effects of Background on Public Opinion  
Public Opinion: A Vital Component of American Politics  
Key Terms  
Suggested Readings  
Review Questions  
Chapter 11: Voting, Campaigns, and Elections
The Logic of Elections  
The Right to Vote  
Who Uses the Right to Vote?  
Election Campaigns  
The Logic of Elections Revisited  
Key Terms  
Suggested Readings  
Review Questions  
Chapter 12: Political Parties
The Constitution’s Unwanted Offspring  
The Development and Evolution of the Party Systems  
The Revival of the Parties: A Sixth Party System?  
Expediency Persists  
Key Terms  
Suggested Readings  
Review Questions  
Chapter 13: Interest Groups
The Logic of Lobbying  
The Origins of Interest Group Politics in the United States  
Contemporary Interest Groups  
What Do Interest Groups Do?  
What, Exactly, Do Pac Contributions Buy?  
Interest Group Politics: Controversial and Thriving  
Key Terms  
Suggested Readings  
Review Questions  
Chapter 14: The News Media
Development of the News Business  
News as a Consumer Product  
News Media as the “Fourth Branch”  
News as the Product of Politics  
Strategic Relations between Politicians and Reporters  
Conclusion: Politician–Press Relations Then and Now  
Key Terms  
Suggested Readings  
Review Questions  
Part IV: Conclusion
Chapter 15: Is There a Logic to American Policy?
Free Riding and Health Care  
The Obstacles to Taking Domestic Action to Stop Global Climate Change  
High-Stakes Maneuvering: Why We Tiptoe Up To, but Have Not Fallen Off, the Fiscal Cliff  
The Prisoner’s Dilemma of Entitlement Reform  
The Success and Failure of Collective Action: A Tale of Two Tax Reforms  
Key Terms  
Suggested Readings  
Review Questions  
Reference Material
About the Authors


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